How to Knit a Mitered Square

Mitered squares are great as a portable knitting project to be made into blankets, shawls, rugs, clothes, etc.

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How to Knit a Mitered Square
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Abbreviations: k: knit, sl1 pwise: slip1 stitch as if to purl, k2tog: knit 2 stitches together, psso: pass slipped stitch over stitch that was just worked & drop it off the needle.

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To create a mitered square you are going to cast-on double the number of stitches you want one side of your square to be plus one stitch. For my square I cast-on 23 sts.

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My 23 cast-on stitches.

My 23 cast-on stitches.

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Row 1: knit all stitches

Row 1: knit all stitches

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Even rows will be decrease rows and to do them you will take your total number of sts and subtract 3. For my square that would be 23-3=20. Next divide your # in half.

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This will give you the number of sts before & after the decrease. So for my square it would be 10 sts, 3 sts for decrease, 10 sts.

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Row 2: knit until st before decrease. For my square I knit 10 sts.

Row 2: knit until st before decrease. For my square I knit 10 sts.

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Next slip 1 st as if to purl then knit the next 2 sts together.  Finally take the st you slipped & pass it over the last st you knitted & drop the slipped st off the needle.

Next slip 1 st as if to purl then knit the next 2 sts together. Finally take the st you slipped & pass it over the last st you knitted & drop the slipped st off the needle.

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To finish the row knit the remaining sts which should be the same amount as before the decrease. Each decrease row decreases your sts by 2 sts. So for my square I now have 21 sts.

To finish the row knit the remaining sts which should be the same amount as before the decrease. Each decrease row decreases your sts by 2 sts. So for my square I now have 21 sts.

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You will keep repeating the below rows until you have 3 sts left on your needles. Row 1: Knit all sts, Row 2: k until st before dec, sl 1 st pwise, k2tog, psso, k remaining sts.

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knit row (21 sts)

knit row (21 sts)

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Decrease row: k9, sl1pwise, k2tog, psso, k9 (19 sts)

Decrease row: k9, sl1pwise, k2tog, psso, k9 (19 sts)

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knit all sts (19 sts)

knit all sts (19 sts)

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Dec Row: k8, sl1pwise , k2tog, psso, k8 (17 sts)

Dec Row: k8, sl1pwise , k2tog, psso, k8 (17 sts)

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knit all sts (17sts)

knit all sts (17sts)

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Dec row: k7, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k7 (15 sts)

Dec row: k7, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k7 (15 sts)

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knit all sts (15 sts)

knit all sts (15 sts)

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Dec Row: k6, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k6 (13 sts)

Dec Row: k6, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k6 (13 sts)

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Knit all sts (13 sts)

Knit all sts (13 sts)

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Dec Row: k5, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k5 (11 sts)

Dec Row: k5, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k5 (11 sts)

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knit all sts (11 sts)

knit all sts (11 sts)

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Dec Row: k4, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k4 (9 sts)

Dec Row: k4, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k4 (9 sts)

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knit all sts (9 sts)

knit all sts (9 sts)

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Dec Row: k3, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k3 (7 sts)

Dec Row: k3, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k3 (7 sts)

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knit all sts (7sts)

knit all sts (7sts)

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Dec Row: k2, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k2 (5 sts)

Dec Row: k2, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k2 (5 sts)

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knit all sts (5 sts)

knit all sts (5 sts)

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Dec Row: k1, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k1 (3 sts)

Dec Row: k1, sl1 pwise, k2tog, psso, k1 (3 sts)

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knit all sts (3 sts)

knit all sts (3 sts)

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Dec Row: sl1, k2tog, psso (1 st)

Dec Row: sl1, k2tog, psso (1 st)

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Cut yarn and pull through last stitch on needle & tie off.  You now have a mitered square.

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch on needle & tie off. You now have a mitered square.

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